Barred Owl vs Spotted Owl

Test your owl ID skills with our new Spotted Owl vs Barred Owl quiz! Spotted owls and barred owls are often mistaken for each other because they are both medium sized, brown owls with white patterning. However, by understanding the differences in their physical appearance, geographical location, and vocalizations, you will be better equipped to identify if you’re looking at a barred owl or a northern spotted owl. Unfortunately, vocalizations won't help you with this quiz, so play close attention to their physical characteristics!Read up on the differences on our website here:, then test yourself!